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The simple trick to tell if your dog is dehydrated

It’s not just us humans who need to be drinking lots of water

Danielle Elton

Posted 4 months ago

We’ve had to wait what felt like forever for some nice weather, so it’s been impossible not to bask in this glorious sunshine over the last few weeks. 

When it’s hotter, it’s especially important to make sure we’re well hydrated and drinking lots of water.

And it’s not just us humans that can become unwell when we’re dehydrated, our dogs can too. But while it's easy to keep track of what we’re drinking ourselves, how do we do the same with our dogs?

If you’re constantly having to fill up their bowls with fresh water then you can be pretty sure they’re drinking enough, but there is also another way you can tell.

A vet has revealed a simple trick to tell if your dog is dehydrated.

Dr Nick Thompson, a vet working with ProDog Raw, said: “Dogs can get dehydrated in the same way that humans can. 

“If your dog is losing a lot of fluid through urinary or diarrhoea problems, or they are vomiting a lot, this can induce dehydration.

“As the weather warms up in summer, dogs can also become more susceptible to dehydration. 

“Always ensure they have access to clean water and if you are going to be out for the day, make sure to bring a water supply and bowl with you.”

Nick also advised on how to find out if your dog is dehydrated.

He said: “A quick test you can do to find out if your dog is dehydrated is to simply pinch the skin above their eye or on the scruff of their neck. 

“When you let go of the skin it should go back down to normal if they are well hydrated. If the skin is tenting, if it stays up and doesn’t return to normal that is an indicator that your dog is dehydrated.”

What to do if your dog is dehydrated

If you find that your dog isn’t well hydrated, Nick advised:The first thing you should do is to encourage them to drink, an electrolyte solution can help to rehydrate them quickly. 

“To make an electrolyte solution, for every pint of water you give them add a half teaspoon of honey and a quarter teaspoon of salt, Himalayan salt is better, but ordinary salt is fine.

“If it gets to the stage when you are having to syringe fluids into your dogs mouth, this is an indicator that their dehydration is getting worse. 

“If your dog doesn’t want to get up and isn’t eating, the best and safest course of action would be to take them to the vet. The vet may put them on a drip to rehydrate them.”

Dehydration can also have more of an impact depending on the age of your dog.

Nick added: “Puppies and old dogs are much more fragile and can be affected more severely by dehydration than a fully grown adult dog, so in this case if your elderly dog or puppy is losing lots of fluids, take them to the vet straight away.”

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